NYSAR Awards Programs

The REALTOR of the Year award is the highest honor the New York State Association of REALTORS can bestow on a member. It is presented annually to an individual whose dedication to excellence has most profoundly enhanced the professional image of REALTORS in the state of New York. The award recognizes the REALTOR of the Year's personal leadership and service qualities, applied not only to the real estate industry, but also to the promotion of civic, community and charitable causes. The award, while not granted for a specific business accomplishment, is earned by REALTORS who have made a mark in the real estate industry.

In addition to the REALTOR of the Year award, NYSAR recognizes New York REALTORS for their contributions to the REALTOR organization and the communities in which they live and work with the NYSAR Community Service Award. Up to three (3) REALTORS will be recognized for their activities in their community and such as involvement supporting initiatives aimed at a community’s youth, or improving the quality of education, quality of life for older Americans, homelessness prevention as well as efforts following natural disasters. 
In addition to being recognized at the General Session during the NYSAR Fall Business Meetings at the Turning Stone Resort in Verona, NY, the NYSAR REALTOR of the Year will receive registration, round trip air transportation and up to three (3) nights’ accommodations to the National Association of REALTORS Annual Conference and Trade Exposition in order to participate in the NAR REALTOR Recognition Program.

Local Board/Association REALTOR of the Year award

The local board/association REALTOR award recognizes outstanding personal leadership skills along with the industry and civic commitment of one NYSAR member. The 2017 awards were presented during the General Session on Tuesday, February 6, 2018, at the Desmond Hotel in Albany, NY as part of the NYSAR Mid-Winter Business Meetings. 

Contact NYSAR Vice President of Board and Member Services Patrick Reilly at 518-463-0300 or email at with questions.

REALTOR Honor Society

The REALTOR Honor Society recognizes board/association members for their involvement during the previous elective year. The Honor Society Report Form must be completed and signed by an officer or executive officer of the board/association. The forms are then sent to NYSAR for verification and approval. If an individual is approved for the award, the pin and certificate are sent to the local board/association along with a bill for the same. The cost of the certificate and pin is $10 (plus tax). 
Please return the completed form(s) to Patrick Reilly, NYSAR, 130 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12210-2298 or as a PDF attachment to

The deadline for receiving this information has since passed.


REALTOR Emeritus is any person who has held membership in the National Association as a REALTOR, REALTOR Associate, or a combination of both, for a cumulative period of 40 years in one or more Associations of REALTORS, is eligible for REALTOR Emeritus status. Upon approval by the Board of Directors of the National Association of REALTORS, no further payment of dues is necessary to the New York State Association of REALTORS or the National Association of REALTORS. Local boards/associations may waive dues as well.

The dues waiver does not take effect until the following year. For example, members approved as Emeritus at the NAR Mid-Year or Annual meetings in 2017 would have their dues waived starting in 2018. Upon approval, each REALTOR Emeritus member will receive a congratulatory letter, certificate and 40-year REALTOR Emeritus lapel pin. In addition, REALTOR Emeritus are exempt from the Quadrennial Ethics Training requirement. NYSAR reviews the REALTOR Emeritus list after each meeting of the NAR Board of Directors and publishes the names of the members who have earned this designation.

If you believe that you fulfill the requirements to achieve REALTOR Emeritus status as defined above and would like to have all future national, state & possibly local dues waived, please click here to download the REALTOR Emeritus application. In most instances local boards and associations review and submit the applications to the National Association of REALTORS. If you have any questions regarding REALTOR Emeritus status, you may contact Patrick Reilly, Vice President Board and Member Services, via email, or phone, 518 463 0300 x305.

NOTE: All REALTOR Emeritus applications must be submitted by the deadlines specified by the National Association of REALTORS each year.

All applications will then be reviewed for approval by the National Association of REALTORS at the mid-year meeting or the Annual Conference. REALTOR Emeritus members will then receive a congratulatory letter, certificate and 40-year REALTOR Emeritus lapel pin.

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